26 April, Thursday

Russian billionaire makes £1bn offer to buy Arsenal from owner Stan Kroenke


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Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has reportedly made a £1bn bid to buy out rival shareholder Stan Kroenke at Arsenal.
Usmanov, a Russian metals magnate, holds a 30 per cent stake at the Emirates and has approached Kroenke, who owns 67 per cent, to buy full control of the club.
According to the Financial Times, Kroenke has yet to formally respond to the offer.
It's understood the American, a US sports mogul, did not initially dismiss the approach, which was made last month, but has since informally indicated he is not interested in selling his share.
The two businessmen have clashed in the past over the direction of the club, with the Russian concerned by Kroenke's lack of investment.
Speaking to Bloomberg last month, Usmanov argued Arsene Wenger was not entirely to blame for Arsenal's disappointing season but suggested Kroenke and the board were at fault.
"I do not think that the coach alone is to be blamed for what is happening," Usmanov said, before adding that the board – and main shareholder – "bear huge responsibility".
With Arsenal set to miss out on a top-four finish, and the reward of Champions League football that comes with it, the side stand to lose around £50m in revenue next season.


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